Althea Jane Northcross
While studying at Sewanee, Althea fell in love with the French language and thanks to the incredible dedication and guidance of the French department, she decided to study abroad in Nantes, France for her junior year. After graduating in 2006, Althea was fortunate enough to participate in the Sewanee - University of Nantes exchange that allowed her to go back to her beloved Nantes and teach English at the University. She then acquired her Master's of Comparative Literature and after three years in France, returned to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee where the Sewanee Alumni network promptly lead her to a teaching position at St. Mary's Episcopal School which she held until the spring of 2009. She is currently teaching French at Rhodes College, a liberal arts school much like Sewanee. "Knowing French has not only connected me to a larger global community, it has widened the scope of my interactions with my own friends and community as I now better understand the implications of my own choices and cultural inclinations. Currently I am living in Memphis and relishing the challenge of balancing the speed and excitement of life in the US with a little bit of savoir vivre that I picked up from my home across the sea."